David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Heythrop Journal 40 (1):41–59 (1999)
This paper offers a theological critique of the future of ‘nature’ as suggested by New Biology, including recent developments in genetic engineering. It explores the biblical basis for grounding a theology of creation in the wisdom motif. The relationship between wisdom and creation in the Old Testament is discussed. The link between wisdom, Christ and the Holy Spirit is suggestive of wisdom's involvement in re‐creation as well as initial creation. An argument is put forward for a Trinitarian basis for wisdom. The relationship between wisdom and apocalyptic literature gives a clue as to how wisdom might contribute to theological reflection on the future. Wisdom as metaphor is used to construct a new future of science. By reformulating the future of creation in the light of wisdom a future of science comes into view that meets the postmodern requirement for adaptability and diversity, but without forgetting the idea of distinction between humanity and the natural world. The long tradition of wisdom brings both a rootedness in historical perspectives and dynamic flexibility that serves to inform the relationship between God and the natural world. A measure of stability is a requirement in shaping perspectives for the future, particularly if the ambivalence and anxiety associated with new explorations in science are to be met
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Arthur Peacocke (2004). “The End of All Our Exploring” in Science and Theology. Zygon 39 (2):413-429.
Similar books and articles
Nicholas Maxwell (2013). Misconceptions Concerning Wisdom. Journal of Modern Wisdom 2:92-97.
John Wisdom & Renford Bambrough (eds.) (1974). Wisdom: Twelve Essays. Totowa, N.J.,Rowman and Littlefield.
Nicholas Maxwell (2009). How Can Life of Value Best Flourish in the Real World? In Leemon McHenry (ed.), Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom. Ontos Verlag
M. E. Allsopp (2001). Book Reviews : Creation Through Wisdom: Theology and the New Biology, by Celia Deane-Drummond. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000. 266 Pp. Hb. 24.95. ISBN 0-567-08736-. [REVIEW] Studies in Christian Ethics 14 (2):135-138.
Celia Deane-Drummond (2007). Plumbing the Depths: A Recovery of Natural Law and Natural Wisdom in the Context of Debates About Evolutionary Purpose. Zygon 42 (4):981-998.
Stephen S. Hall (2010). Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. Alfred A. Knopf.
Daniel Callahan (2000). Judging the Future: Whose Fault Will It Be? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 25 (6):677 – 687.
Celia Deane-Drummond (2009). The Alpha and the Omega : Reflections on the Origin and Future of Life From the Perspective of Christian Theology and Ethics. In Constance M. Bertka (ed.), Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press
Celia Deane-Drummond (2007). Experiencing Wonder and Seeking Wisdom. Zygon 42 (3):587-590.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #291,451 of 1,724,768 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,121 of 1,724,768 )
How can I increase my downloads?